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Warm winter still chills B’way biz

Cancellation costs 'Couple'

Winter in Gotham has been unusually warm, but that hasn’t stopped Broadway’s box office from suffering its usual seasonal slide.

Rialto grosses for the week ending Jan. 22 totaled $14,167,168, down about $1.5 million from the previous week, although still a healthy $2 million above the take from the same sesh last year.

Nearly every one of the 25 shows on the boards saw a drop in biz, from a few thousand bucks to a hefty $347,764.

Of course, that latter sum came off “The Odd Couple” ($519,342), temporarily hobbled by the cancellation of three weekday perfs due to the laryngitis of star Nathan Lane. (Brad Garrett filled in for Lane over the weekend.)

However, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” ($578,270) took a major tumble of $320,844 in replacement star Jonathan Pryce’s first week, while “The Lion King” ($962,275), “The Producers” ($605,764), “Sweeney Todd” ($525,589), “The Woman in White” ($518,909), “Hairspray” ($480,797) and “Chicago” ($393,101) all dipped by more than $100,000.

Bucking the trend, “The Phantom of the Opera” ($677,108), perhaps still riding the publicity wave from its record-breaking perf Jan. 9, actually climbed by about $15,000. “Jersey Boys” ($893,540) also held steady, rising $9,000.

“Bridge & Tunnel” gained a bit of momentum as it moved into its opening week, racking up only $172,353 for eight shows but playing to a nearly 94% capacity crowd. The first six previews of “The Pajama Game” also played to about that capacity, ringing in $383,326.

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